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Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Anniversary Exhibitions Will Include One on Bollywood Superstars

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2017, will celebrate its fifth anniversary this November with an exciting lineup of cultural events and three new exhibitions.

Curated by Sylvie Patry and Stéphane Guégan in partnership with Musée d’Orsay and France Muséums, the first of the three exhibitions will be an international showcase making its debut in the region. Titled ‘Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity’, the exhibition explores the artistic revolution that sprouted in Paris in the 19th century and how it paved the path for future artistic expression. The event will run from October 12, 2022 to February 5, 2023 and will feature around 100 impressionist masterpieces.


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The second exhibition will be a collaboration between Swiss brand Richard Mille and Louvre Abu Dhabi. The program, namely Art Here 2022, will run from November 2022 to February 2023 and invites artwork from artists around the GCC which will be displayed at the museum’s forum. With the theme of ‘the icon’, participants are expected to propose artwork that examines the concept of the icon in relation to contemporary art practices. Works will be shortlisted by an international jury and will be showcased as part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2022 exhibition, while one recipient will win the Richard Mille Art Prize with a US $60,000 cash prize.


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Lastly, the third exhibition, ‘Bollywood Superstars’, will reminisce and go through the history of Indian cinema from the 19th century to now. Co-curated by Julien Rousseau, Jacques Chira, and Helene Kessous, the event will run from January 25 to June 4, 2023, and presents the rich diversity of the Indian movie industry.

“As we mark our fifth anniversary this November, Louvre Abu Dhabi continues to offer something for everyone with this upcoming season, from exhibitions and new artworks to special events and programming,” said Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi. “We remain deeply rooted in our community, committed to our mission of telling stories of cultural connections to the world through our upcoming exhibitions Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity and Bollywood Superstars, and providing UAE and GCC artists the opportunity to exhibit their works at the museum with our Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2022 showcase.”

The museum will also be hosting an array of events and programs in addition to the three exhibitions and will feature curated talks, concerts, performances, film screenings, and workshops among others with the highlights being a contemporary dance performance inspired by the Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity exhibition and an entrancing theatre experience based on the Bollywood Superstars exhibition.

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